A curiosity-driven genetic discovery that should impact cancer treatments

A team of geneticists with a desire to understand the inner workings of genes implicated in cellular identity has discovered new biological targets that may help devise alternative therapies for cancers that are becoming resistant to existing drugs. First discovered in fruit flies, Polycomb genes were initially studied due to Continue Reading

Multicomponent home-based treatments improve mobility in older adults after hip fracture

Each year more than 260,000 older Americans are hospitalized for hip fractures, a debilitating injury that can severely and permanently impact mobility. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) studied two types of home-based interventions and discovered that these treatments are effective in helping individuals regain their Continue Reading

Insight into cells’ ‘self-eating’ process could pave the way for new dementia treatments

Cells regularly go through a process called autophagy—literally translated as ‘self-eating’ – which helps to destroy bacteria and viruses after infection. When it works, this process counteracts neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia and Huntington’s Disease, by getting rid of unwanted proteins and their resultant harm to cells. But when autophagy Continue Reading

UTI discovery may lead to new treatments

Sufferers of recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) could expect more effective treatments thanks to University of Queensland-led research. UTIs are one of the most common bacterial infections according to Professor Mark Schembri from UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences. “They’re a major burden on global healthcare,” he said. “Approximately Continue Reading

Targeting new treatments for concussions by transforming brain pathology

Badri Roysam, chair of the University of Houston Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is leading a $3.19 million project to create new technology that could provide an unprecedented look at the injured brain. The technology is a marriage, as Roysam calls it, between a new generation of “super microscopes,” Continue Reading

Targeting new treatments for concussions by transforming brain pathology

Badri Roysam, chair of the University of Houston Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is leading a $3.19 million project to create new technology that could provide an unprecedented look at the injured brain and lead to new therapies for concussions. The technology combines multi-spectral imaging and supercomputing, allowing researchers Continue Reading

Reduce the severity of these common medical emergencies with 8 acupressure treatments while help arrives

Acupressure is a healing technique which involves pressing certain pressure points in the body by the thumbs and fingers to clear blockages and relieve pain, similar in principle to acupuncture, which provides the same relief but through the use of needles. Acupressure can be used in medical emergencies as a Continue Reading

Similarities of small cell cancers to blood cancers could lead to better treatments

An interdisciplinary team of UCLA scientists has found that small cell neuroendocrine cancers from a range of tissues have a common molecular signature and share drug sensitivities with blood cancers. The discoveries could improve the diagnoses of these aggressive cancers and lead to the development of new treatments that build Continue Reading

Similarities of small cell cancers to blood cancers could lead to better treatments

Microscopic images show a non-small cell breast cancer, left, and small cell neuroendocrine breast cancer, right. Small cell neuroendocrine cancers typically feature smaller cells and larger nuclei in relation to cell size.  Credit: Cancer Cell/UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center An interdisciplinary team of UCLA scientists has found that small Continue Reading

Fake opioid addiction treatments on the rise: FDA and FTC sending stern warnings to those profiting off the illness

The skyrocketing number of fake opioid addiction treatments have prompted the United States Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue sharp admonishments to pharmaceutical companies that hawk such products, said a Daily Mail article. The warning comes in the wake of numerous companies rushing Continue Reading

Study: Some biologic treatments for psoriasis may be safer for patients

A common chronic skin condition affecting 125 million people worldwide, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, a class of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy cells. In recent years, new medications—known as biologics—that inhibit the overactive immune system by targeting specific inflammatory pathways, have revolutionized the Continue Reading